Many thanks to the talented Jennifer Berry Hawes for this fantastic article about my better half!
How many high school guys’ ambitions go something like this?
Form a band with some friends. Write songs. Record them. Sell a bunch. Go on tour. Reap a little fame and much adoration of fans.
So it went with Dan Lord.
In the 1990s, he and an Alabama High School buddy formed Pain, a quirky punk rock band that became known for its upbeat lyrics and melodies, including a horn section, and Lord’s semi-hyperactive antics.
Lord was the lead singer and songwriter and, to hear him tell it today, ego-in-chief.
“It was fun,” recalls Lord, now a Mount Pleasant resident who teaches at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist downtown. “The problem was me.”
Pain got radio play, worked for the Cartoon Network and The WB and sold CDs all over the world. It toured feverishly and built an enviable fan base.
Then it played a show in 1999 on a stage near pop heavyweight Train. Despite having rhyming names, they shared little in common.
If Train was a heavyweight, Pain was a bit more middleweight.
Still, Pain was playing for a good 1,000 enthusiastic fans. Fans who, therefore, were not at the Train stage, where the crowd looked too thin for its handlers’ liking.
And so, Lord says, Train’s people pulled the plug on Pain’s show — literally, in midsong.
The crowd erupted with boos. Lord’s infuriated band members wanted to kick a little Train handler behind. Lord, who was using over-the-counter pseudoephedrine to stay pumped up, normally would have joined in the fury.
But he didn’t.
Nor did he explain why.
How could he tell his bandmates that he’d recently made a few promises to God?